This book has been on my bookshelf for quite a while. It has always been listed as one of the best sci-fi novels of all time but I was a little skeptical given the premise: and old man joins the military at the age of 75. Ehh... it can't be THAT good can it?
Yes. Yes it can and it is.
As the book states on the first page, there are two things that John Perry did on his 75th birthday: visit his wife's grave and join the military (or the Colonial Defense Forces). The book essentially chronicles his life in the military for the first 2/3 and then picks a story line and finishes the book with it. I liked the fact that there were many secondary characters and some make it but some don't. After all, this is the military and Earth is at war. I also liked the explanation of a few of the alien races that we are supposedly at war with. This brings up a subtle self-reflection about what war really is and how culture needs to be understood and not feared just because its different. But it doesn't get too preachy, which is good.
I have already purchased the second book, The Ghost Brigades, and can't wait to jump in. Because, as you'll find out if you read it, there's some serious stuff going on in that area of the military...
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